First Unitarian Church of Oakland

685 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 893-6129


Welcome to the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of congregations, and a sacred sanctuary of passion, vision, hope and faith!

For over a hundred and twenty three years this congregation has been historically dedicated to building bridges of accountability, bringing healing to the margins, honoring diversity, seeking to build a community of all races, all cultures, all sexualities, all genders, with the whole spectrum of ages and generations honored and having a place at the welcome table.

Here at this church we believe that the holy is found in acts of justice and so we are inspired to build a multiracial, multicultural, multigenerational and antiracist religious community.

All are invited to be a part of our ministry to an Oakland that hungers for healing and wholeness; to an Oakland that strives for authenticity in our activism, integrity in our relationships, and honesty with who each of us are called to be.

In this time of great rage and sorrow, author and activist bell hooks reminds us Standing on the Side of Love welcoming congregation standing on the side of love find us on facebook we are accessible that "Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world."

So, whoever you are, wherever you come from, whomever you love, whatever your past, or your hopes, whatever your privilege or oppression, whatever your struggle, you are most welcome here!

Reflections on the Tragedy in Charleston

This Week's Worship Service
Theme for this month is Prayer

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - "The Path Home"  ONE SERVICE ONLY at 10:20 a.m.

Worship Leaders: Suzanne Van Houten
Worship Associates:
Music: Renée Witon
Sermon Description: When does a new country or city or neighborhood become home? Join Suzanne Van Houten as she explores how long it takes to feel like you are home in a new place.

Speaker Bio: Suzanne Van Houten has been an active member of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland since the spring of 1989. Suzanne and her husband, Michael Schafer, have one adult daughter, Ottilia. The Van Houten-Schafers are founding members and live at the Old Oakland Cohousing. Suzanne is a Master Hairstylist, Hair Color Educator and Business Consultant.

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The Capital Campaign: We Did It !!

To Recap:

  • Victory Goal: $400,000
  • Challenge Goal: $550,000
  • Miracle Goal: $775,00

Pledged: $776,630.12

Amount of principal paid down (as of May 15): $248,205.40

What We Believe

Our faith - Unitarian Universalism - is a theologically liberal religious movement characterized by its support of a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

Learn more about our beliefs in the Newcomer's section.

Or check Wikipedia's description of Unitarian Universalism.